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Hochschulbibliothek RWTH Aachen, Germany: Open Access. An annotated link list (in German).
The American Geological Institute (AGI): The GeoRef database, Open-Access Journals covered in GeoRef. Excellent!
Kristin Antelman (2004): Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact? PDF file, College & Research Libraries, 65: 372-382.
Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions
have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is
developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature
of biodiversity held in their respective collections.
For the first time in history, the core of our natural history and herbaria library
collections will be available to a truly global audience. Browse by titles, authors,
subjects, names, map, or year.
Go to: Plants. Currently mor then 1500 titles tagged with "Plants". Superbly done!
Comment: Using "View text" is much quicker (for a first glance) then "View image".
BioMed Central. Publisher of 199 peer-reviewed open access journals.
! B.-C. Björk et al. (2009): Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. PDF file, PLoS ONE 5. See also here.
Ewen Callaway (2011): Fossil data enter the web period. Palaeontologists call for more sharing of raw information. Nature, 472.
! Miguel Chavez: The Unofficial Stephen Jay Gould Archive. Access to many articles and books, e.g. via Library, and Books. Excellent!
Climate of the Past. An interactive open access journal of the European Geosciences Union. Navigate from Volumes and Issues or Title and Author Search.
Iain D. Craig et al. (2007): Do Open Access Articles Have Greater Citation Impact? A critical review of the literature. PDF file, Journal of Informetrics. See also here, or there (abstract).
! Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. See also: Directory of Open Access and Hybrid Journals.
EUROPA, the portal site of the European Union: The European Commission's Open Access Pilot for Research Articles: Frequently Asked Questions.
! Yassine Gargouri et al. (2010): Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research. PDF file, PLOS ONE.
das traditionelle Publikationssystem der Wissenschaft ins Wanken? In German. See also:
Open Access Petition an den Deutschen Bundestag.
! Geoscience e-Journals, the portal. This website incorporate peer-reviewed electronic journals in the field of Earth Sciences (geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, regional geology, stratigraphy, geography, etc.) permitting free online access to all or at least a major part of their current issue and/or archives. Excellent!
Stevan Harnad and Tim Brody (2004): Comparing the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals.
Ulrich Herb, Saarland University and State Library: Open Access - A Panacea? Science, Society, Democracy, Digital Divide.
J. Howard (2008): U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology Research (JEBR). This is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal, published monthly by Academic Journals. JEBR is dedicated to increasing the depth of evolutionary biology research across disciplines with the ultimate aim of improving evolutionary research.
! W.J. Kress and L. Penev (2011): Innovative electronic publication in plant systematics: PhytoKeys and the changes to the "Botanical Code" accepted at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne. In PDF, PhytoKeys, 6: 1-4.
Florian Mann et al. (2008): Open Access Publishing in Science: Why It Is Highly Appreciated But Rarely Used. PDF file.
D. Morse et al, (2009): Improving search in scanned documents: Looking for OCR mismatches. In PDF.
(Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, Germany).
The open-access.net platform provides comprehensive information on OA and offers practical
implementation advice. Excellent! Go to: OA in individual disciplines,
Open Access Now (launched by BioMed Central). Campaigning for freedom of research information. Go to: (Mis)Leading Open Access Myths.
Paläontologische Gesellschaft: Externes: interessante Publikationen und Links zum download (in German). A link list of free downloadable scientific publications. Full-text PDF scientific series from the American Museum of Natural History, Muséum national d¹Histoire naturelle, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, The Palaeontological Association, Palaeontologica Electronica, the Netherlands palaeontological journal.
! Public Library of Science (PLoS). "Open access means immediate, free and unrestricted online access to digital scholarly material, primarily peer-reviewed research articles in scholarly journals" (Wikipedia).
! The University Library of Regensburg, Germany: Electronic Journals Library, Geosciences. A comprehensive list of journals. Excellent!
RERO DOC (this is the digital library of RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland). RERO DOC has been created to promote, preserve and provide public access to the scholarly literature (electronic theses, dissertations and e-prints). In the framework of the Open Access initiative it provides a platform for researchers in member universities to self-archive their publications.
W.R. Riedel et al. (2006): Moving Fingers: Coming of Age: ISI & Googling. In PDF, Palaeontologia Electronica, 9.
! Peter Suber:
Open Access Overview.
Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their preprints.
An introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept. See also
here (PDF file). See as well:
Open Access News. News from the open access movement.
! Vifabio, The Virtual Library of Biology (University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany): Electronic Journals.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Open access (publishing).
A. Willis et al.(2009): Improving search in scanned documents: Looking for OCR mismatches PDF file). In: Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries 2009: ICSD - International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web, Trento, Italy.
Zeitschriftendatenbank ZDB (Staatsbibliothek Berlin and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek):
nach Fachgebieten. A link directory about online journals free of charge (in
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